For spring break this year we went to Seaside Oregon. We stayed six nights in the Trendwest/WorldMark resort arriving on Sunday, April 8th (Easter) and leaving on Saturday April 14th. Our friends Vijay and Bhairavi happened to be on vacation staying in the same resort for the first half of the week, so we had fun seeing them and our kids had fun playing together.
Sunday April 8th
We drove down to Seaside on Sunday after going to Madeline’s baby blessing in Tacoma. We had dinner on the way down at a Burger King in Astoria. After we got to the resort and got unloaded, we got Jared to bed and then watched Happy Feet with Cameron and Ryan.
Monday April 9th
Monday we mostly just hung around the condo and relaxed. As I mentioned in my vacation-time post, this was the day we went to the aquarium. It was a very small aquarium, but the kids had fun feeding some cut-up fish to the seals. The rain was off and on all day. It was sunny and nice for the two block walk to the aquarium but we got soaked by rain on the walk back. Later in the day, I took Cameron, Ryan and Vhaibhav to see TMNT. For dinner we went to Taco Bell. We had to wait a while to eat because of a brief power-outage. After dinner we all went down to swim in the outdoor pools. Joanne and I thought it was a little cold, but the boys went swimming every day we were there (you can see a few pictues in the album).
Tuesday April 10th
Tuesday we went to Fort Stevens – a decomissioned military base that I visited on our Fairwood YM bike trip back in 2002. The kids had fun running around the old bunkers and smashing a penny on one of those penny flattening machines. Fort Stevens was built just before the end of the civil war to protect the mouth of the Columbia River from Confederate invasion and remained in service until after WWII. In addition to the military base, there was a replica of a Native American longhouse that we saw.
Next, we went to see an old shipwreck on the beach near the military base. The ship was an old British sailing ship that had run aground on the beach 101 years ago. I included a few pictures of the shipwreck in the photo album.
After the shipwreck we went to Fort Clatsop. This was the fort that Lewis and Clark built to be their quarters for the winter of 1805-06. In addition to a replica of the fort, there was also a visitors center/musem at the site. While we were there, Ryan completed a workbook and became a Junior Park Ranger (Cameron wasn’t interested in doing the workbook). That night we went to Pizza Hut for dinner where we ordered (and ate most of) way too many cinna-stix.
Wednesday April 11th
Wednesday morning, we went and walked through the little mall in Seaside. We got funny hats for the kids and rode the carousel. On the way back to the resort, we stopped by an arcade and played video games and rode some bumper cars (my bumper car didn’t go forward very well, but had a pretty good reverse).
In the afternoon we drove down to Tillamook, where we did the tour, ate ice cream and bought some cheese. I highly recommend the garlic white cheddar cheese and the blueberry cheesecake ice cream. Yum! Just don’t mix those up! Oh, they also sell a dark-chocolate fudge that was very good.
Thursday April 12th
On Thursday, Cameron and Ryan started the day with a swim and then we went to Ecola state park to hang out on the beach and look for sea creatures around the rocky parts of the beach. We found some sand dollars, but not many living creatures. We went at low tide, but there weren’t any of the really good "minus" tides the week we were there, so that might have prevented us from finding some of the cooler tide pools.
When we got back to the resort we went out to the beach to fly kites. Cameron had a habit of dropping the kite handle which would then go racing off along the sand. After kite-flying we had dinner in our condo. We barbequed some really good hamburgers and the kids had hot dogs.
Friday April 13th
For our last full day we went shopping at the outlet stores in Seaside. We bought some clothes and I picked up a laser-targeted miter saw. Now I need to use the saw to build a workbench to put the saw on! After shopping we went back to the resort for swimming. I went with Cameron and Ryan. It was pretty cold outside, so they had cranked the pool temperature up to about 95 degrees – which made it pretty nice. I swam with the boys for quite a while before going back to our room.
For dinner we went to Taco Time (which is always good – and more reasonable priced when you leave western Washington). After dinner we let the kids watch some Sponge Bob Square Pants marathon that was going on to celebrate a new episode or something.
Saturday April 14th
We went home.